a special skill, talent, or aptitude: He had a knack for saying the right thing.
a clever or adroit way of doing something.
a trick or ruse.
a sharp, cracking sound.
Archaic. a knickknack; trinket.

1325–75; Middle English: trick; perhaps same word as knak sharp-sounding blow, rap, cracking noise (imitative)

1. aptness, facility, dexterity. Unabridged
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knack (næk)
1.  a skilful, ingenious, or resourceful way of doing something
2.  a particular talent or aptitude, esp an intuitive one
[C14: probably variant of knak sharp knock, rap, of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "deception, trick, device," of uncertain origin, probably from a Low Ger. word meaning "a sharp sounding blow" (cf. M.E. knak, late 14c.; Ger. knacken "to crack"), of imitative origin. Sense of "special skill" is first recorded 1580s, if this is in fact the same word.
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Example sentences
Your talent obviously has a knack of flaring emotions in your readers.
They had, and have, the homegrown stuff of citizens and the knack of a popular
He also has a knack of shaming others into following suit.
The new digital cameras have an uncanny knack for seeing in the dark.
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